Tag Archives: poverty

Drug dealing in Dublin (Rousse)

Seated in the back of the car to the left of me, JS asked why she would not be joining the book group trip to Dublin. I found it hard to believe that she had forgotten all about her forthcoming … Continue reading

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How the other half (barely) lives (Rousse)

When I was supposed to be at work I poked around my sister J’s vastly extended house in West Sussex. On the ground floor there was a luxurious self-contained holiday cottage that looked out onto a large rectangular pond destined … Continue reading

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Cosmetic counter drive-by (Rousse)

I had had enough of these vacuous women coated in foundation who clearly believed that I and others were letting the side down by refusing to wear make-up. This was such a trivial issue. ‘What about climate change, poverty, and … Continue reading

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An unethical vacation (Rousse)

The first couple of days had been blisteringly hot, but the rest of the holiday was somewhat damp. Still, we were in the Caribbean and happy. I enjoyed playing on the pool slides best of all, surprising all by zipping … Continue reading

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Cheese throwing with Billy Connolly (Rousse)

Although the purpose of the exercise was unclear, I enjoyed an afternoon of ‘cheese chucking’ with Billy Connolly and BP. The concept was simple. All you had to do was throw lumps of cheese up onto a high shelf. I … Continue reading

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Fake invalid benefits from meeting with budding rock star (Rousse)

I quite enjoyed behaving as if I were a poverty-stricken invalid. I barely made any effort to work, and TPR gladly cooked me the special meals that I demanded. I regularly attended a charity service that helped clothe the needy, … Continue reading

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Kitting out the man cave (Rousse)

The basement man cave was almost ready. I was really looking forward to clearing the upstairs study’s shelves of all of GC’s aviation and DIY books so that I could make the emptied room mine (all mine). I already had … Continue reading

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The battle of the laundry basket (Rousse)

Before TPR had pegged even a single item on the line in the garden of our holiday cottage a local woman appeared at his side, super-keen to take charge of the laundry basket. “Let me do that” she said. TPR … Continue reading

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